A lap of Hungary with Raikkonen

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Hungaroring circuit "As you cross the line at the Hungaroring, you reach some 181mph/290km/h in seventh gear as you power along the approach to turn one. As the downhill right-hander swings you...

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen describes a lap of the Hungaroring circuit

"As you cross the line at the Hungaroring, you reach some 181mph/290km/h in seventh gear as you power along the approach to turn one. As the downhill right-hander swings you round 180-degrees, your speed drops to 75mph/120km/h. On the power as you exit, you reach 140mph/225km/h in fourth gear along the short straight that leads to turn two, a long second gear left hander that is negotiated at 50mph/80km/h."

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by DaimlerChrysler.

"The sweeping right of turn three follows immediately, and your speed increases to some 140mph /225km/h and takes you onto the back straight. Powering up through the gears to some 178mph/285km/h in seventh, you dab the brakes as you enter the fast, left-hander of turn four. Changing down into fourth gear, it is taken at 125mph/200km/h."

"You then climb uphill, reaching some 135mph/217km/h, still in fourth, on the approach to turn five. This long, bumpy right hander is taken at 85mph/128km/h in third gear. You push hard on the throttle for the short straight that leads to the right-left chicane of turns six and seven, which is taken at 56mph/90km/h in second."

"The chicane leads you to turn eight, a third gear left hander, taken at 80mph/ 128km/h, which itself is immediately followed by the right flick of turn nine. It is important to maintain your speed through the corner as you accelerate out through the slight left kink of turn ten, reaching 140mph/ 225km/h in fifth gear. Then softly on the brakes for turn eleven. The track tightens as you drive through the right hander."

"A short burst on the throttle takes you to the revised 90-degrees right of turn twelve. You brake from 147mph/235km/h to below 100mph/160km/h. On the approach to turn thirteen, you reach 135mph/217km/h in fourth before braking hard for the left-hander hairpin, which is taken at 50mph/80km/h in second. The final right-hander is negotiated at 84mph/136km/h in third gear and takes you back onto the start-finish straight."

-mclaren-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren